The Northumbrian rapper sword dance is a unique tradition from the North-East of England. The dance was originally performed by miners in the pit villages of Northumberland and County Durham, but is now performed worldwide. It is performed at speed by a team of five people continuously linked by flexible swords called rappers, which are weaved in and out of figures for display.
The award winning Newcastle Kingsmen Sword Dancers specialise in the Northeast’s exciting rapper sword dance tradition. Their main dance is fast and flamboyant and is designed with live audiences in mind. Having started as a team in 1949, the Kingsmen have been one of the greatest influences in maintaining and developing this unique style of dance.
In addition to this, the Kingsmen can also perform other styles as part of their full show. They perform the Grenoside Sword Dance – a more measured, ceremonial dance which builds to a climactic finish.
For bigger spaces, the Kingsmen perform the processional Royton dance. Originating from England’s Northwest Morris tradition, Royton makes a big impact – colourful, noisy, larger than life.
In recent years the team has enjoyed a growing involvement in clog dancing. The perfect accompaniment to rapper and sword dancing, this is a showcase for some of the finest foot-work in the Northeast.
So there you have it – whether you need a flash performance of five minutes or a full show of around forty-five minutes, indoors or outside, the Kingsmen can meet your needs.